So it's about time to decide, which of these two kinds of bikes would you recommend?
Build a "fat bike" like the Surly Pugsley or a regular front suspension MTB? Budget will be ~$700. I assume I'd probably just buy the regular MTB or build the fat bike from parts I acquire.
This will be my first time really getting into MTBing so it's tough for me to say with experience, but just assume my terrain consists of typical mid-western stuff, I think. I don't Think we have anything crazy or super rocky around here. I know a front suspension bike would be faster on downhill sections of singletrack, but I'm mostly just looking for fun factor, fast or slow. A fat bike seems like it would be able to tackle more, but at a slower pace. For those who have tried both style bikes, what did you find more fun to ride on various terrain?
2010 Jamis Parker, 2005 Jamis Komodo, 1998 Jamis Komodo, 198? Raleigh Pointe, 1978 Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2
The Pugsley / Wildfire bikes are targeted toward snow, mud, sand. I think it could be an interesting "slow" bike to ride on really stoney terrain with low psi...but if it were my only ride...def go with a more standard ride.